Milford, Rebecca and Oates, John
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A pilot study developed a protocol for use by health visitors in the first six to eight postnatal weeks, and repeated at nine months, to screen for the risks of maternal mental health problems and subsequent attachment difficulties. Based on this pilot, a care pathway scheme was developed to offer targeted service delivery to women and infants needing enhanced support.
This paper describes the universal screening programme and care pathway scheme that was developed, and the support offered to deliver care. Central to the pathway is the identification of three levels of concern - low, moderate and high. The assignment of clients to moderate and high concern levels initiates the delivery of additional packages of multi-agency care. The initiative also addresses the need to improve health visitor competence and confidence in detecting and responding effectively to difficulties in mother-infant relationships.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2009 Community Practitioner|
|Keywords:||maternal mental health; infant attachment; care pathway; universal screening; early intervention;|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)|
|Depositing User:||John Oates|
|Date Deposited:||18 Aug 2009 10:31|
|Last Modified:||24 Oct 2012 19:36|
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